2016 Gun Resolution

Stephen L. Clarke, Ph.D., R.D.
Associate Professor and Chair, Oklahoma State University Faculty Council
Department of Nutritional Sciences
Oklahoma State University
301 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-2033

March 10, 2016

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Dear Chancellor Johnson,

On behalf of the OSU Faculty Council, the elected representative body of the faculty of Oklahoma State University, I would like to submit to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education this resolution that was unanimously supported and approved at the March 8, 2016 Faculty Council meeting. 

Whereas, a college campus is a unique environment where the free and open discussion of ideas constitutes a core principle of education and can occasionally lead to emotional responses, and 

Whereas, all administrators, faculty, staff, and students have an interest in maintaining a safe and secure campus community, and

Whereas, the policies of the university that provide safety to all of its constituencies would be undermined if some members of these constituencies were to possess firearms while others did not, and

Whereas, the actions of the university’s security and law enforcement officers would be severely compromised by untrained and uncoordinated individual action for which the institution would bear the ultimate responsibility;

Whereas, the indefinite and unsubstantiated benefits of concealed carry of firearms by students, staff, or faculty can be clearly contrasted with the potential risks for both accidental and intentional misuse of weapons in the environment of a university campus.

Therefore, be it resolved that the members of Oklahoma State University Faculty Council support the current law and the current OSU policy (1-1301, General University, Dec. 1, 1990) regulating weapons, firearms, ammunition, fireworks, explosive, and dangerous chemicals and strongly oppose any legislative changes in state law that would mandate state-supported universities, colleges, and technical schools to allow students, staff, or faculty the unrestricted ability to carry weapons, either concealed or open, on university property.

Respectfully Submitted,

Stephen L. Clarke